“let’s be honest the 80’s didn’t really end until 1992.” -Iris Berry
“Scarpati is crazy. sometimes when i look over my fence i see naked girls in fairy wings drinking beer.” -Harmony korine
“…Did a stint touring for a few years as an armored jouster after ending the Unforgiven. FYI, knights get even more chicks than musicians… just sayin…” -Steve Jones, the Unforgiven
“I’m on a walk with a maniac, and as I’ve done many times before, I do my best to appease the madness—it’s not a good idea to upset a cart pulled by the insane. “ -Jack Loyd Grisham, T.S.O.L.
“I HAD SEX WITH ALOT OF GIRLS, DABBLED WITH DRUGS, AND DROOLED ON MY GUITAR…
THAT'S WHAT IT BOILS DOWN TO ANYWAY !” -Tracii Guns, L.A. Guns
“John Scarpati’s rock and roll photos are iconic, plain and simple. I always thought of him as the LA music scene’s answer to George Hurrell.” -Pleasant Gehman, the Screamin’ Sirens
“In Scarpati's vision of glam, the men have an ironic masculinity, and the women an ironic femininity, but both the men and the women can leave you with a bloody nose.” -Rory, Image Archivist
“I had pneumonia, a 105-degree temperature, and spent several days at the hospital. They released me at 7:00 am the following Saturday...we headlined the Roxy that night.” –Brian Forsythe, Kix
"Yeah, we wore a little make-up , so what ..?" -Chris Reece - drums – Social Distortion
This was full-contact, high-performance living at its best and worst. Of course there was no guarantee anyone would make it out the other end of that jagged kaleidoscope alive. But if you did survive, whatever memories you could smuggle out in your guitar case were definitely going to be worth their weight in skulls and mascara.
He wanted to be a painter. He wanted to be a rock star. He ended up being neither – and both. Scarpati, whose images span four waves of modern music and have become some of the most enduring iconics of metal, rock and punk, was raised in New Jersey, came of age in San Diego, gained notoriety in Los Angeles, now calls the world his home and Nashville his return address. His work has been cited by The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and PDN.
Cramp Slash & Burn: "when punk and glam were twins" ... 12x12 hardcover Published March 03, 2012
EYES WIDE OPEN ... 7x7 softback Published July 24, 2010
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